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Most common causes of death after AFib diagnosis

Within the first 4 months of diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, the most common cause of cardiovascular deaths are coronary artery disease (22%), heart failure (14%), and ischemic stroke (10%). After 4 months of diagnosis, coronary artery disease is responsible for 15% of deaths, heart failure is responsible for 16%, and stroke is responsible for 7%.

Miyasaka Y, Barnes M, Bailey K, Cha S, et al. Mortality Trends in Patients Diagnosed with First Atrial Fibrillation: A 21-year community- based study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2007; 49(9): 986-92. http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/full/49/9/986

Reference

Title
Mortality Trends in Patients Diagnosed with First Atrial Fibrillation: A 21-year community- based study
Publication
J Am Coll Cardiol
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Miyasaka Y, Barnes M, Bailey K, Cha S, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 49, Issue 9
Pages
986-92
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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